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Charity asks supporters to give gift cards instead of clothing or food

Charity asks supporters to give gift cards instead of clothing or food

Cool Aid is no longer taking donations of any goods, including clothing or food, in a bid to reduce the chance of transmission during the COVID-19 pandemic.
B.C. Transit trims trips as ridership drops about 50%

B.C. Transit trims trips as ridership drops about 50%

Transit agencies across Canada, including B.C. Transit in Victoria, have adjusted operations to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Jonathan Dyck, B.C.
Federal measures just a start, Victoria chamber’s chief says

Federal measures just a start, Victoria chamber’s chief says

Federal economic measures introduced Wednesday were encouraging, but are only a start, says the chief executive of the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce, who says she’s waiting for the province to do its part.
University students asked to move out of dorms to help thwart virus

University students asked to move out of dorms to help thwart virus

Students living in residence at post-secondary institutions across Canada — including about 2,000 at the University of Victoria — have been asked to move out of their dorms in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
We don’t want cash, some businesses tell customers

We don’t want cash, some businesses tell customers

Cash? No thanks. Some businesses are asking customers to keep their cash in their pockets and use credit or debit cards or online payment instead to reduce contact in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis.
No masses at Greater Victoria Catholic churches

No masses at Greater Victoria Catholic churches

Masses at Catholic churches have been cancelled until further notice. Churches will still be open to the public at certain times, but protocols will vary, said Bishop Gary Gordon of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Victoria.
Victoria Royals’ regular season abandoned

Victoria Royals’ regular season abandoned

The Victoria Royals’ 2019-20 campaign will go into the books at 32-24-8 after the Western Hockey League scuttled the remainder of the regular season Wednesday because of COVID-19.
$82B economic plan a glimmer of light amid rent worries

$82B economic plan a glimmer of light amid rent worries

Building owners, property managers and landlords saw a little light in an otherwise dark week Wednesday as the federal government announced an $82-billion economic plan including measures that could mean the rent will get paid on time April 1.
United Way site tracks available services

United Way site tracks available services

The United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island is collecting and publishing updates on any changes to services offered by community organizations.
Vancouver Island Regional Library laying off staff

Vancouver Island Regional Library laying off staff

Having closed its branches due to the pandemic, the Vancouver Island Regional Library is laying off most of its staff. Layoff notices were issued to members of its two unions Wednesday.